Beamz Professional Edition – Music Therapy Bundle: An Innovative Technology Tool
Beamz is a recreational music making product that enables anyone to experience making music by touching laser beams and “playing light”.
Professional Edition Includes:
- Beamz Laser Controller
- Beamz Cross-Platform Player Software for Windows, Mac or iOS
- 50 songs featuring a broad representation of music styles, genres and instruments
- Activity Guide with sample activities for educators, therapists and professionals
- Beamz Studio Software for editing and creating Beamz interactive songs (PC software)
Music Therapy Bundle Adds:
- Beamz Music Therapy Protocols – A Neurologic Approach to Clinical Application ($79.95 value)
- Beamz Soft Case – ideal solution for storage and light travel needs ($49.95 value)
Beamz – Using Technology To Engage Clients
- A unique way for patients to make music that doesn’t require learning music theory or specific playing techniques
- Laser beams and non-tactile instrument triggers provide opportunities for greater patient focus
- Enables clients that may not possess physical skills to use some traditional instruments
- May be used with traditional instruments and other technology tools
Music Therapy Protocols Overview
The Beamz Music Therapy Protocols comprise a collection of five “progressive” neurologic-based music therapy protocols with three client intervention use levels and two “stand alone” music therapy protocols for broad client use. The protocols were developed with MusicWorx for use with the Beamz Professional Edition Interactive Music System for both individual and group sessions to accomplish a range of therapy goals, including cognitive, sensorimotor and general health and wellness. Internal interventions and evaluation tools are included in each of the protocols.
Music Therapy Protocols Structure
The protocols are designed for music therapists to facilitate neurologic-based music therapy sessions and general health and wellness therapy sessions with the Beamz Interactive controller. Within the “progressive” protocols there are three levels of intervention to assess various levels of functioning and ability of clients. The A sections- “Foundational Exercises” serve as warm-up interventions, wherein, if the clients are able to complete these basic functional tasks, they move on to the B Sections- “Intermediate Performance”, which increases in task demand and difficulty; success is determined by the completion of the A Section and the interventions are based from A Sections. If the clients are able to successfully complete B Section interventions, they move on to Sections C, “Expert Performance”, which is the final level of the protocol. Although the segments of protocols are progressive and can be used as a foundation for the next, they can also be used independently, if music therapist assesses that it is appropriate for the clients.
Author: Rebecca Vaudreuil, Ed.M., MT-BC
Contributors: Barbara Reuer, PhD, MT-BC/L, Derlin Hsu, MM, MT-BC, Al Ingallinera, Jr., MBA
Protocol Summaries – Usage Ojectives & Interventions
Active Music Making – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate music making and performance exercises using the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group setting. This protocol aims to assist participants in developing sociobehavioral skills and learning rules of appropriate engagement and communication skills in a group dynamic. This protocol is based on neurologic music therapy (NMT) interventions including: Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance, Musical Neglect Training, Symbolic Communication Training Through Music, and Musical Executive Function Training. It is designed as an assessment tool for determining clients’ musical preferences, processing, and retention.
Cognitive Group – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate cognition exercises using the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group setting. This protocol aims to initiate and sustain focused attention and engage the players in cognitive exercises that encourage memory activation, sequence recall, and tools to facilitate musical mnemonics based on neurologic music therapy (NMT) interventions including: Echoic Memory in Music, Music Attention Control Training. Music Executive Function Training, and Musical Mnemonics Training. It is designed as an assessment tool for tracking clients’ ability to simultaneously engage in the activities presented while maintaining focused attention with multiple concurrent stimuli.
Music Production – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate music production techniques through engaging exercises using the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group setting. This protocol aims to assist participants in learning about music sequences, understanding new and different styles/genres of music, and working in a group dynamic. This protocol is based on neurologic music therapy (NMT) interventions including: Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance, Symbolic Communication Training Through Music, Musical Executive Function Training, and Associative Mood and Memory Training. It is designed as an educational tool, provides methods to establish client preference, and assesses clients’ sequencing skills.
Sensorimotor – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate sensorimotor exercises using the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group setting. This protocol aims to initiate motor movement, promote group cohesion through synchronized activities, encourage leadership through participant facilitation, and promote spatial awareness of participants’ bodies relative to their surroundings. This protocol is based on neurologic music therapy (NMT) interventions including: Pattered Sensory Enhancement, Therapeutic Instrumental Music Performance, and Symbolic Communication Training Through Music. It is designed to assess clients’ motor ability, frequency of entrainment, and ability to make musical associations to physical self.
“Stand Alone” Sessions
Health & Wellness – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate deep breathing, autogenic relaxation, and imagery exercises using the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group or individual setting. This protocol aims to teach stress-reduction strategies and engage the participant in utilizing various forms of relaxation. It is designed to monitor pre and post session pain, anxiety, and depression.
Creativity Through Songwriting – This protocol is designed for music therapists to facilitate creativity through vocal expression and communication skills using lyric writing and vocalization exercises with the Beamz Interactive Music System in a group or individual setting. This protocol aims to promote self-insight and expression as it pertains to communication and developing aptitude for self-advocacy. It engages the participant in utilizing various speech and language abilities. It is designed to assess basic needs, quality of life, and coping mechanisms.
Introducing Beamz In Music Therapy Sessions
Laser beams – The Beamz Interactive Music System is a recreational music making product that enables anyone to experience making music by touching laser beams and “playing light”. The Beamz controller uses red class 2 laser beams, so they are safe to look at and to touch – and it’s a fun and interesting way to make music that doesn’t require learning any specific playing techniques.
How it works – The Beamz Interactive Music System includes pre-programmed interactive songs comprised of instrument samples, vocals and sound effects that have been created and paired for use with an interactive song specific rhythm track. As players touch a laser beam, the music samples programmed to be triggered with that laser beam are added into the playback of the rhythm track, with everything harmoniously paired and in time with a specific interactive song. Song use recommendations for therapists are included in each of the “stand alone” and “progressive” protocols.
Everyone may play – Beamz is designed for musicians and non-musicians to use and enjoy. For the musician, there are opportunities to create more complex music through deliberate play of the interactive songs – and opportunities to combine Beamz use with traditional instruments and digital music interfaces in conducting therapy sessions and for broad group activities. For the non-musician, Beamz provides an opportunity to make rich sounding music without having learn music theory, techniques, or develop skills specific to playing a traditional instrument.
Focus – The greatest benefit of all is the focus on the music and the physiological association; the mind-body connection. When playing Beamz, there is no tactile feel, no pressure, and no physical strength required to touch the laser beam and to trigger the instrument and sound effects playback. This provides increased opportunities for client focus by removing physical requirements in using a traditional instrument. The laser beams also enable clients to participate in music making that may not possess the physical skills for using some traditional instruments.
Recording – The Beamz software provides the opportunity to record performances to use the recorded samples (WAV and MP3) in any digital media player and for participants to have copies of their music making experiences to enjoy and to share.